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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

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Obama Reviews Reform Goals With Physician Audience

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2009

The Senate may be in a temporary healthcare reform holding pattern for a day or two as the Congressional Budget Office continues to "score," or estimate, the related costs spent or saved in the Finance Committee bill approved Friday. However, blocks away on Pennsylvania Avenue, President Obama on Monday was rallying the "troops"—in this case physicians from every state in this union—for reform in the White House Rose Garden.

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As Proposed, Tax on Cadillac Plans May Be A Non-Starter

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2009

Lawmakers should be careful about imposing an excise tax on health insurers whose so-called Cadillac plans cost more than $8,750 for an individual, or $23,000 per year for a family. The proposal under consideration by the Senate Finance Committee makes a big mistake in treating the value of those plans as if they are the same—regardless of the groups that those plans cover. That's the message from Robert Dobson of Milliman, Inc., a large actuarial and consulting firm specializing in health plan and cost analysis.

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More than 50% of Americans Don’t See H1N1 As A Serious Public Health Threat

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2009

Though health providers nervously prepare for an influenza pandemic that threatens their hospitals, office practices and clinics, more than half of Americans surveyed don't think the virus will have a significant impact on public health.

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Heart Failure Program Certification is a First for Joint Commission

By: Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2009

Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL, has become the first organization in the country to be certified according to the new Advanced Certification Program in Heart Failure, according to an official statement released on the Joint Commission's Web site.

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Outdated Web Policies Expose Hospitals to Professional and Legal Trouble

By: Julie McCoy, October 5, 2009

Social networking Web sites and modern communication media are a part of our daily lives, but they are taking a toll on the professional image of tomorrow's physicians.

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Tears and Cheers: A Celebration of Nursing's Image

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2009

A few weeks ago, in a non-descript ballroom at a nice Boston hotel, I experienced what I can honestly say was one of the highlights of my career.

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Government Should Act on Mandatory Flu Shots

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2009

The H1N1 flu is expected to hit hard this fall, and it's time for states or the federal government to mandate vaccinations for healthcare employees with direct contact with patients.

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Wisconsin Hospital Saves Green by Going Green

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2009

The Regional Cancer Collaborative at St. Mary's Hospital in Green Bay, WI, recently installed a "living roof" on its newest addition.

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